Day Trip to Cramond Island

With some planning ahead your able to take a walk out to the Island when the tide is low, there is an information board on the start of the promenade with tidal times to let you know when it’s safe to walk out and when you would have to return.

The island is only a third of a mile long and can be fully explored in a couple of hours. There is lots of grassy terrain that is perfect for picnics, but parts can be muddy so maybe take boots. There is also a pleasant beach. It is worth trying to get to the highest point on the island, as there is a magnificent view from there looking over Edinburgh, Fife and the Forth Bridges.

In the 19th century the island was used for vacationing. Several ruins of holiday homes dating to that period can still be found, including one on the cliffs in the west.

Cramond was fortified during World War II to ward off a potential invasion via the Forth River and this is evident on the causeway which was constructed as an anti-boat boom during the Second World War, many war ruins can be seen dotted around the tiny island.

On your return why not head to the Cramond Falls Cafe which is a beautiful converted 17th Century Grain Mill, overlooking the water fall.

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